Pam has a growing reputation in understanding learning environments, with work that includes investigations of underlying issues and research into the design and use of space in British schools.
Originally a secondary teacher, Pam has over a decade of varied, direct experience in educational research. This has centred on understanding the learning environment provided by schools and investigating the participation of users (including students, teachers, non-teaching staff and the wider community) in this understanding. Her work, bridging architecture, education and visual mediation methods, is unusual and she has been invited to provide expert input into projects and discussions regionally, nationally and internationally levels. Outputs have included an influential review, The Impact of School Environments, a book about school space aimed at users and presentations to audiences of practitioners and academics from education and architecture.
Since the curtailing of Building Schools for the Future, Pam has argued that it is even more important to think how we design, organise and use schools, with the participation of school communities in decisions about their space being vital.